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Alexander George Van Broek

About Me

     I have run my civil law litigation practice since 1982, specializing in employment and labor law on behalf of employees.  My cases have included claims for wage and hour violations, minimum wage and overtime, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, invasion of privacy,  breach of contract, civil rights violations, ERISA claims for unpaid pension and long term disability benefits.  My cases have also included personal injury tort claims, and business torts.

     My litigation experience includes civil trials, arbitration, federal and state appeals, administrative hearings and mediation.  I also provide mediation services to parties before and during litigation.  I have appeared before California Courts of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, United States District Court in the Northern and Central Districts, California Superior Courts, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the United States Department of Labor, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the National Association of Securities Dealer (now FINRA), and the American Arbitration Association.   

     On behalf of my clients I have filed lawsuits in court and in arbitration, and administrative claims, against the following employers or disability plans (partial list):

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, The Permanente Medical Group, Shields Harper & Company, Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., Denny’s, Inc., Blackhawk Information Services, Inc., City of Berkeley, Alameda County Medical Center,  Downtown Auto Center, East Bay Conservation Corp., The May Department Stores Company, KSL Claremont Resort, Inc., Adhesives Coating Company, Cinder Block, Inc., Douglas Parking LLC, Barber Auto Sales, Inc., Seagate Technology, San Francisco Printing Company, The Altenheim, Inc., La Tapatia Norcal, Inc., Tosco Refining Company, Inc., Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc., Monex Deposit Company, H & R Block, San Pablo Casino, The Nicest Guys Around, Inc., Providian Financial Corporation, Tempcare LLC, Life Insurance Company of North American dba Cigna Disability Management Solutions, Ex’pression Center For New Media, Inc., The Picture People, Inc., Penhall Company.


Practice Areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 88%
    33 years, 2.4 thousand cases
  2. Mediation: 10%
  3. Intellectual Property: 2%



Hourly ($300-495/hour), Contingent (33-40%)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Arthur William Lazear

    Alex has been a colleague for over a decade. His knowledge of the law is exceptional, and he is a determined and tireless advocate for his clients. I would offer him my highest professional recommendation.


    Arthur Lazear Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Alexander G. van Broek

1999 Harrison St Ste 1350
Oakland, CA, 94612-3582



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Judicial ExternCalifornia Court of Appeal, First District1979
Law ReviewGolden Gate University School of Law1978
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Alexander G. van Broek1982 - Present
Law Clerk for discrimination casesLaw Office of Carol Silver & Arthur Siegel1979 - 1982
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Alameda County Bar AssociationEmeritus, Labor & Employment Section Ex.Comm.2008 - Present
Workers' Rights Clinic, Employment Law CenterVolunteer Mentor2004 - Present
Alameda County Bar Association Fee Dispute PanelArbitrator2004 - Present
Alameda - Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present
Oakland Police Review BoardCommissioner1992 - 1995
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1991 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
California State Bar Fee Dispute PanelArbitrator1984 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationArbitrator1984 - 1990
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1982 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Williams, et al. v. H&R Block, et al.Settled
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Publication NameTitleDate
9 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.Forced Early Retirement and Section 4(f)(2) of the ADEA - Discretion Allowed1978
San Francisco State University Master's ThesisPersonality Correlates of Prisoner's Dilemma Play: Mental Ablities, MMPI and Field Independence1972
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
San Francisco State UniversityPsychologyM.A.1972
University of California - BerkeleyPsychologyB.A.1959
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
MCLE Program PanelistPre-Litigation Mediation2009
MCLE Program PanelistHot Button Issues in Employment Mediation2007
Guest Lecture - Mediation SeminarPrisoner's Dilemma: Emotional & Cognitive Issues in Mediation2007
Bridging the Gap PanelistBuilding Your Practice Through Lawyer Referrals2006